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Pueblo, Colo. - CSU-Pueblo women's soccer won it's first conference game of the season Sunday with a 3-0 shutout at home against the Regis Rangers.
It was a beautiful day at the Rawlings Soccer complex, filled with several firsts for the Pack. The first RMAC conference win for the team this year, the first time the ThunderWolves have defeated Regis since October 2007, and the first game with playing time for several of the women on the Pack's roster, including Priscilla Llanos (So., Rowland Heights, Calif.) who was out all of last season with an ankle injury.
According to head coach Paul Regrutto, Llanos was just cleared to play on Friday and she started the second half today.
The ThunderWolves wasted no time setting a pace that was hard for Regis to keep up with. At the 11th minute, Anna Larmore (Jr., Everett, Wash.) passed to Amanda Garcia (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) who kicked it to the back left of the goal for the Pack's first score of the day and Garcia's first score of the year.
At the 24th minute, Amanda Jorgensen (So., Wailuku, Hawaii) scored off a touch pass at the top of the box from Alicia Irwin (North Richland Hills, Texas) to put CSU-Pueblo up 2-0 going into the half.
"We worked really hard that first half," said coach Regrutto. "We were a little more physical today and it showed."
The ThunderWolves continued to make passes and set up opportunities. Garcia scored her second goal of the day at the 64th minute to dash any hopes the Rangers had at a comeback.
The Pack was outshot 18-13 but not where it mattered, as keeper Savannah Thompson (Sr., Upland, Calif) had three saves on the day, and added another shutout to her already impressive record.
Said Regrutto "It really was a team effort." "Our spirit, our energy level, everyone just came together for the win."
CSU-Pueblo is now 4-5 on the season (1-5 RMAC) but have already faced their toughest competition of the year. They will host Western N.M. at home on Friday at 7pm.
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